Councillor calls for licence review of Funky Mojoe nightclub in High Road, South Woodford after residents report mass brawl and hit and run

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Call for licence review after brawl outside nightclub Call for licence review after brawl outside nightclub

A car ploughed into two people and then sped off during a mass brawl outside a nightclub, according to witnesses.

Residents living in the Manor Court Lodge retirement complex next door to Funky Mojoe nightclub in High Road, South Woodford, witnessed the fight in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Janet Shea, who lives in the block, said: “I have never seen anything like it, there must have been 40 or 50 people fighting out there.

“We phoned the police because we were so frightened. I was shaking with it all.

“There was one fella covered in blood.”

Her sister Lynda Edwards added: “I was on the phone to the police telling them what was happening when a car came speeding down the road on the wrong side.

“It hit two people and then sped off towards George Lane.

“I think they were OK, but one of them was lying in the road for a while before the police got here.

“There was blood everywhere.

“We are being terrorised every weekend and it is making us all ill.”

The reports of trouble are the latest in a long list of complaints made by people living near Funky Mojoe.

Residents have held several public meetings with police, politicians and representatives of the nightclub about ASB issues.

Following the latest incident, Church End ward councillor Richard Hoskins received several emails from worried people living near the club.

He said: “The continuing and escalating violence around Mojoes cannot be allowed to continue.

“Redbridge may feel it is accumulating evidence to justify action against Mojoes but the price is being paid by the disturbance and misery it is causing neighbours.

“It is not an acceptable price to ask them to continue paying.

“We have repeatedly called for a full licence review of Mojoes. But as far as the public can see Redbridge has not responded.

“The council may feel it is wisely observing and preparing to act but the public feel they have done their bit in collecting and passing information to officers and that officers still hold back for more.

“The continuing pattern of events and delays before Redbridge takes action are adding to misery of long suffering residents. It is not acceptable.”

The Guardian has attempted to contact Redbridge Police for more information but has been unable to speak to anyone.

A spokeswoman for the London Ambulance Service confirmed that paramedics had treated one man for facial injuries at the scene before taking him to hospital.

Funky Mojoe declined to comment.

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10:51am Mon 28 Jan 13

Cornbeefur says...

It would be good if IDS could show as much enthusiasm to deal with this issue once and for all with as much zeal as he has for visiting garden sheds in back gardens.

This club has ruined peoples lives and no doubt this latest incident will lead to further reprisals as a consequence.

Where were the Police and their own in hose security who cone off the stretch at weekends?

This is an example of Labours 'Licensing Reforms' gone wrong again

Now that the Council are in control, surely they should act also.

Mr Hoskins has his hands tied and can only do so much?
It would be good if IDS could show as much enthusiasm to deal with this issue once and for all with as much zeal as he has for visiting garden sheds in back gardens. This club has ruined peoples lives and no doubt this latest incident will lead to further reprisals as a consequence. Where were the Police and their own in hose security who cone off the stretch at weekends? This is an example of Labours 'Licensing Reforms' gone wrong again Now that the Council are in control, surely they should act also. Mr Hoskins has his hands tied and can only do so much? Cornbeefur
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11:32am Mon 28 Jan 13

T. Watts says...

I for one blame:

- Illegal immigrants
- the last Labour government
- EU meddling
- Tony Blair
- The Welfare State
- The unions.

That should do it.
I for one blame: - Illegal immigrants - the last Labour government - EU meddling - Tony Blair - The Welfare State - The unions. That should do it. T. Watts
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1:00pm Mon 28 Jan 13

Cornbeefur says...

T. Watts wrote:
I for one blame:

- Illegal immigrants
- the last Labour government
- EU meddling
- Tony Blair
- The Welfare State
- The unions.

That should do it.
Apart from Illegal Immigrants I agree with you, unless the culprits were indeed Illegal Immigrants in this case.
[quote][p][bold]T. Watts[/bold] wrote: I for one blame: - Illegal immigrants - the last Labour government - EU meddling - Tony Blair - The Welfare State - The unions. That should do it.[/p][/quote]Apart from Illegal Immigrants I agree with you, unless the culprits were indeed Illegal Immigrants in this case. Cornbeefur
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4:57pm Mon 28 Jan 13

G_Whiz says...

Cornbeefur wrote:
T. Watts wrote:
I for one blame:

- Illegal immigrants
- the last Labour government
- EU meddling
- Tony Blair
- The Welfare State
- The unions.

That should do it.
Apart from Illegal Immigrants I agree with you, unless the culprits were indeed Illegal Immigrants in this case.
I blame Eastenders!

Chav T.V. at it's Child impressing best!
[quote][p][bold]Cornbeefur[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]T. Watts[/bold] wrote: I for one blame: - Illegal immigrants - the last Labour government - EU meddling - Tony Blair - The Welfare State - The unions. That should do it.[/p][/quote]Apart from Illegal Immigrants I agree with you, unless the culprits were indeed Illegal Immigrants in this case.[/p][/quote]I blame Eastenders! Chav T.V. at it's Child impressing best! G_Whiz
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10:35pm Mon 28 Jan 13

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12:17am Tue 29 Jan 13

ColinOrient says...

It is wrong that decent, law-abiding citizens -old or young- have to put up with this rubbish. Close the rotten thing down. NOW.
It is wrong that decent, law-abiding citizens -old or young- have to put up with this rubbish. Close the rotten thing down. NOW. ColinOrient
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9:43am Tue 29 Jan 13

myopinioncounts says...

"Residents living in the Manor Court Lodge retirement complex next door to Funky Mojoe nightclub in High Road, South Woodford," - Dear God, who thought this would be a good idea? What came first, the nightclub or the retirement complex? Either way they are not compatible.
"Residents living in the Manor Court Lodge retirement complex next door to Funky Mojoe nightclub in High Road, South Woodford," - Dear God, who thought this would be a good idea? What came first, the nightclub or the retirement complex? Either way they are not compatible. myopinioncounts
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10:06am Tue 29 Jan 13

spcdust says...

The Manor Court Lodge Retirement Complex was there long before Funky Mojoes. Prior to Funky Mojoes the establishment was a regular pub with normal pub opening hours and no trouble to the residents. Funky Mojoes original licence Application was some what "imaginative" describing itself as a Champagne and Oyster Restaurant with an emphasis on food....this has never been the case.
The Manor Court Lodge Retirement Complex was there long before Funky Mojoes. Prior to Funky Mojoes the establishment was a regular pub with normal pub opening hours and no trouble to the residents. Funky Mojoes original licence Application was some what "imaginative" describing itself as a Champagne and Oyster Restaurant with an emphasis on food....this has never been the case. spcdust
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10:26am Tue 29 Jan 13

Cornbeefur says...

spcdust wrote:
The Manor Court Lodge Retirement Complex was there long before Funky Mojoes. Prior to Funky Mojoes the establishment was a regular pub with normal pub opening hours and no trouble to the residents. Funky Mojoes original licence Application was some what "imaginative" describing itself as a Champagne and Oyster Restaurant with an emphasis on food....this has never been the case.
The do Champagne there and there are fishy goings on, and a few Mich shells in there but that is it.
[quote][p][bold]spcdust[/bold] wrote: The Manor Court Lodge Retirement Complex was there long before Funky Mojoes. Prior to Funky Mojoes the establishment was a regular pub with normal pub opening hours and no trouble to the residents. Funky Mojoes original licence Application was some what "imaginative" describing itself as a Champagne and Oyster Restaurant with an emphasis on food....this has never been the case.[/p][/quote]The do Champagne there and there are fishy goings on, and a few Mich shells in there but that is it. Cornbeefur
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